Foodiva's Kitchen: Sweet Potato and Coconut Milk Agar

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Sweet Potato and Coconut Milk Agar


My final recipe for the International Incident Party this month was a dessert featuring two of my favorite ingredients, purple sweet potato and coconut milk. I used agar to set the different layers in place, making this a completely vegetarian dessert.

The best part of  this sweet for me is the see-through topmost layer with thin slivers of purple sweet potato suspended in clear agar - it's almost like looking through a crystal ball. Use your prettiest jelly moulds to show off the colorful layers!

 
It's all in the layering, baby!
 

Sweet Potato and Coconut Milk Agar
Ingredients:
13g (1 packet) Agar powder
500ml water
200g sugar
50g purple sweet potato, peeled, sliced and sliced into thin strips (mandoline)
150ml coconut milk
200g purple sweet potato, peeled, sliced and steamed
50 ml extra hot water
100g orange sweet potato, peeled, sliced and steamed


Method:
1. Place sugar and 500ml water in a pot and stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Add agar powder into the pot and put stove on medium heat.
2. Stir frequently to avoid agar thickening at the bottom until everything has dissolved. Once mixture boils, the agar is ready to be added (separately) to the different flavors that will make up each layer.
3. Prepare one layer at a time and leave each layer to set until just firm on the surface before adding on the next layer. This ensures that the layers ‘stick’ together and do not separate when unmolded.
4. 1st layer: Cook the purple sweet potato strips (50g) in boiling water for about 2 minutes. Do not overcook or the strips will start to fall apart. Drain and spread evenly onto the base of a heatproof mould. Add 100ml of the hot agar mixture on top of the potato strips and leave to set for a few minutes.
5. 2nd layer: Heat the coconut milk in the microwave for about 45 seconds and add 150ml of the hot agar mixture. Stir to combine and pour half of this mixture immediately on top of the first layer. Let it set for a few minutes. Leave the other half for the last layer.
6. 3rd layer: Blend the steamed purple sweet potato (200g) with 150ml agar and 50ml extra hot water until smooth. Pour half of this mixture immediately on top of the second layer. Let it set for a few minutes. Leave the other half for the last layer.
7. 4th layer: Blend the steamed orange sweet potato (100g) with 100ml agar until smooth. Pour this mixture immediately on top of the third layer. Let it set for a few minutes.
8. 5th layer: Pour the remaining half of the purple sweet potato mixture over the fourth layer. If agar has started to harden, heat the mixture in the microwave for about 40 seconds. Let it set for a few minutes.
9. 6th layer: Pour the remaining half of the coconut milk mixture over the fifth layer. If agar has started to harden, heat the mixture in the microwave for about 40 seconds.
10. Allow to cool for 10 minutes, then place mould in fridge for 30 minutes to set completely. To serve, turn out of mould and slice into 1cm wide pieces that show off the coloured layers.

19 comments:

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

WOW, this is too beautiful! Thanks for sharing, must make this one day.

Foodiva said...

Hi Sonia, I don't make agar agar dessert often but when I do, I like to make it pretty! Thanks for dropping by!

michelangelo in the kitchen said...

Fascinating shapes and colors! You have made this gelatin dessert so inviting like a priceless jewel to posses! Dazzling and almost magical!

The lingua di suocera design which is derived from the cactus plant leaves is just the best! Larger than life in beauty and many times better than the Italian pasta version. Better than Nigella even!

Boulder Locavore said...

This is insanely fabulous! The first photo with the little outer-space layered delight is incredible. Your layered foods (the pasta below as well) are simply gorgeous. The color combinations are such that people should decorate a room with. Very inspired....

whatsfordinneracrossstatelines said...

Oh wow this looks beautiful. I love all the colors and it looks too pretty to eat, I loved the shape of the mold you used. Wishing you and your family Happy Holidays!
-Gina-

Koci said...

This is quite possibly the coolest thing I've ever seen. I love all the gorgeous purple-y color!!

Foodiva said...

Arthur, better than Nigella? Wow, I hope she doesn't get to hear about this! Haha, thank you so much, you're the bomb!

Foodiva said...

Janis, I like the way you described this dessert as 'the little outer-space layered delight'! I couldn't have put it better myself ;-).

Foodiva said...

Gina, my lovely Gina, have a wonderful Christmas to you and your family too! Thank you for all your support throughout my blogging endeavor, I've really enjoyed your recipes and getting to know you. Can't wait to discover what you have in store for 2010!

Foodiva said...

Koci, thank you so much! Purple really rocks!

Cucina di Barbara said...

OH MY GOD this is absolutely HUGE!!!
FANTASTIC!
I wish you a Merry Christmas!
Barbara

Foodiva said...

Grazie, Barbara! Merry Christmas to you and your family too!

Cake Duchess said...

Wow! Stunning! I love the gorgeous colors. I love visiting your blog for all the interesting dishes I find here. You are so artistic and creative in the kitchen. :)

Nourhan @ Miss Anthropist's Kitchen said...

Oh my goodness, those look incredible! I have no idea how you thought of this, the ingredients seem so random! I love it!
Best part is, it's made with agar since I can't eat regular gelatin :)

Foodiva said...

Lora, I get most of my inspiration from fellow bloggers like yourself! I love people who have a real passion for food and who are not afraid to express it. ;-)

Foodiva said...

Nourhan, I like to use agar because it sets quicker and neater than gelatin. If I have to use the latter in a recipe, I can actually buy halal gelatin here... So I've got the best of both options!

Magic of Spice said...

Just amazingly gorgeous!

Foodiva said...

Thanks, Alisha!

Shu Han said...

linked to this from the rose syrup agar agar post. wow this looks even more beautiful! i love love love those colours! plus i love sweet potato and coconut so this pretty much hits all the right notes for me!

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